Inglenook ~ Rutherford AVA Zinfandel Edizione Pennino 2011

Inglenook ~ Rutherford AVA Zinfandel Edizione Pennino 2011
£52.00 / bottle£592.80 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: USA
Grapes: Zinfandel / Primitivo
Region: Napa Valley
Style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Wine Types: Red Wines
Grapes: Petite Sirah
Wine Types: Limited Edition Wines
Drink: Now to 2022
Oaked
Cork
ABV: 14.8%

Tasting Notes

This lovely wine is available as a one-bottle gift pack.

If you would like to order some as part of a case (mixed or of the same wine), please look at the 2013 vintage instead as I am unlikely to receive more of the 2011.

The story

This winery has been owned by Francis Ford Coppola since 1975 - Edizione Pennino was a music publishing company started in the USA by his maternal grandfather, Francesco Pennino. The bottle bears the company’s logo in its original form and each vintage bottling has one of Pennino’s song titles imprinted on the cork.

Zinfandel is considered a Californian speciality but it was fairly recently discovered that it is in fact the Italian grape, Primitivo. Added to the Zinfandel in this instance is a splash of Petite Syrah which helps with the structure.

The wine

This wine is a beautiful deep ruby red colour. On the nose black fruit flavours dominate with a hint of raisins; the flavours are complex - blackberries, blackcurrants and ripe black cherries, hints of cranberry, red plums and chocolate, a touch of creamy vanilla, pepper and spices such as cinnamon and cloves... The flavours keep on coming long after you have swallowed this wine.

This full-bodied wine combines freshness with a round texture and soft tannins. Though the ABV is 14.8%, it is only noticeable as a little warmth in the wine because the alcohol is well integrated with complex and concentrated fruit flavours and a refreshing acidity; this is a well-balanced wine. You might expect a Californian Zinfandel to fall into the Rich Spicy Reds category but because it is so elegant, it is classified as a Smooth Elegant Red.  It really is a class act.





Food Pairing

This wine is very food friendly and will particularly suit steak, barbecued meat including ribs, venison, roast chicken and spicy dishes - hot sauces such as Arrabbiata, spicy Asian and Mexican dishes - and rich sauces such as Bolognaise

Producer's Notes

"Round on the palate with soft tannins, this year’s rendition of Pennino Zinfandel is fresh and aromatic. Beautiful notes of red and black berries mingle with sweet baking spices of vanilla, clove and cinnamon. Sweet, jammy fruit character and nuances of raspberries, red plums, and blackberries create a luscious flavor array. This year’s Pennino is more restrained than vintages past, but the wine demonstrates power, complexity and a fragrant finish without any one flavor being too overwhelming."

Awards

91 points    Wine Spectator        Jun 2014
“An old-school Zin, with a sense of style and place, this offers bold licorice and black cherry aromas and zesty, layered flavors of plum, soy and cracked black pepper. Drink now through 2020.”

Beautifully balanced Californian Zinfandel; not a jammy "fruit bomb" but a wine with structure, elegance and complexity - concentrated but fresh fruit flavours, creamy vanilla, pepper and spices. The flavours keep on coming long after you have swallowed this wine. A real treat!

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